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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Beyond Words

Jesus called the leader of the synagogue a "hypocrite". In the understanding of the time, a hypocrite was an actor who performed in a mask, thus concealing his true identity and nature. That's exactly what is going on with people who are so busy being blameless that they have no energy left to be righteous. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, "Beyond Words" by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Two Kingdoms

My impression is that when church people speak of "the kingdom of man" they mean that group of people who do bad stuff for the sake of victimizing us, the citizens of the Kingdom of God. That way, church, lies madness, and, truly, the kingdom of man prevails whenever those thoughts are permitted to flower. Come and see why the Prince of Peace should say so shattering a thing as "Do  you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!"

 Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Two Kingdoms by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Breath in the Wind

Suppose, in your ambition to be a truly great player, you invested heavily in the best pads, the best helmet, the best shin guards. Suppose you dedicated yourself to maintaining this equipment in top-drawer condition, worrying yourself sick at every nick. Suppose, then, that you showed up for first practice to find everyone warming up in the batter's cage. Have you been playing the wrong game all along?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, A Breath on the Wind by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Mystery Meal

Coming to you this Sunday from Kings' Daughters and Sons Home, I took a look at a word whose meaning is so transcendent that 2,000 years of speculation have drawn us little closer to understanding its meaning. It appears in both the Matthean and Lucan versions of the Lord's Prayer and will lead you into some interesting speculation about the loyalty you unthinkingly accord to your tribe in this time of horrific hatred on both sides of the political debate.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Mystery Meal, by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Consequences -- Reading Amos in America

Do you get the sense from some of the TV preachers that God is happy with the way we do things and only sticks around to congratulate us? How do you feel about the bumper stickers you so frequently see reading "God Bless America"? What does that mean to you?

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Consequences by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Lumettered Sayings -- Some thoughts on the Good Samaritan

Speaking this week from the beautiful pulpit of First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, Kentucky, the church in which I was raised and married, I found myself thinking about self-justification, the Good Samaritan, and a British monk of the fourth century named Pelagius.

Join the congregation of First Presbyterian Church of Ashland, Ky. for this week's sermon, Lumettered Sayings by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Chains That Bind Us

Archibald Macleish once said, "Religion is at its best when it makes us ask hard questions of ourselves. It is at its worst when it deludes us into thinking we have all the answers for everybody else". We, sinners all, are very prone to considerations of the sins of others, rather than the uncomfortable task of consideration of our own. Paul has some important information on how we are to treat transgressors.

Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Chains That Bind by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.